HHH Dr. Wilsey teaching UMN Global Seminar in Panama

MDP Program Director and Global Policy Faculty Member Dave Wilsey is in Panama teaching CFAN 3500 Biodiversity, Ecotourism, and Sustainable Development in Panama, a UMN Learning Abroad Center Global Seminar for Winter Break 2015-16.

The seminar will investigate the effects of ecotourism in the tropical region of Bocas del Toro Panama through rainforest sampling and discussions with local stakeholders on the island.

David Wilsey’s research and practice focus on development of integrated natural resource conservation and livelihood programs, generally focusing on forest- and farm- based livelihood systems. A particular interest is the role of non-timber forest products in food and livelihood systems, and in the development of market-based interventions to support livelihood and lifestyle goals.

Wilsey joined the Masters in Development Practice (MDP) program in 2013 as the program coordinator and a lecturer. Prior to joining the program, he spent five years as an associate Extension professor & educator with the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Sciences. Though his interests are broad ranging, over the course of his career Wilsey primarily worked with forest – based and forest – oriented groups in the Americas: in Minnesota, several states in Mexico, Guatemala, and Ecuador.
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